Staple may mean:

*Staple (fastener), a formed metal fastener used to secure sheets of material or wires, so they will not fall apart of each other.
*Staple food, a foodstuff that forms the basic constituent of a diet. It is a standard commodity rather than a specialty item. This meaning is often extended to cover other areas besides food (a rollercoaster is a theme park staple)
*Surgical staple, used in surgery to close wounds
*Staple (textiles) is the raw material, or its length and quality, of fiber from which textiles are made. It is the material in its standard form as a traded commodity.
*Staple (wool), wool fibers that naturally form themselves into locks that held together by cross fibers.
*Staple (music), the foundation upon which a reed is constructed. A small cylindrical piece of metal (copper) tubing used to support the cane reeds. The reeds are fastened to the Staple using a copper wire or other suitable material. Staples are used for other type reeds such as oboe, bassoon and similar double reeded instruments.
*STAPLE!, a convention for creators of comics, minicomics, and other independent media
* STAPLE (programming language) - A programming language written at Manchester and used at ICL in the early 1970s for writing the test suites. STAPLE was based on ALGOL 68 and had a very advanced optimizing compiler.

Musical groups

*The Staple Singers, a United States gospel, soul, and R&B singing group
*Staple (band), a Christian post-hardcore band


*Staple ports were medieval concept for a port in which trade was regulated, usually by the King, often restricting the particular trade to a specific group or port
**'The staple' was the staple port where wool exports were traded. From 1363 to 1558, this was at Calais.
**Étaples, Pas-de-Calais, another city named in this way, but in its French form
*Staple rights were a somewhat related but different medieval concept which forced river merchants to offer their goods for sale at a city before being allowed to proceed with the remainder of their goods
*Staple, Kent, a village in Kent, England near Sandwich
*Staple, Louisiana
*Staple, Nord in France

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  • Staple — Sta ple (st[=a] p l), n. [AS. stapul, stapol, stapel, a step, a prop, post, table, fr. stapan to step, go, raise; akin to D. stapel a pile, stocks, emporium, G. stapela heap, mart, stake, staffel step of a ladder, Sw. stapel, Dan. stabel, and E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • staple — Ⅰ. staple [1] ► NOUN 1) a small flattened U shaped piece of wire used to fasten papers together. 2) a small U shaped metal bar with pointed ends for driving into wood to hold things in place. ► VERB ▪ secure with a staple or staples. ORIGIN Old… …   English terms dictionary

  • staple — sta ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {stapled} ( p ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {stapling}.] 1. To sort according to its staple; as, to staple cotton. [1913 Webster] 2. To fasten together with a staple[9] or staples; as, to staple a check to a letter. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Staple — Sta ple, a. 1. Pertaining to, or being a market or staple for, commodities; as, a staple town. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Established in commerce; occupying the markets; settled; as, a staple trade. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Fit to be sold;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • STAPLE! — The Independent Media Expo is an annual convention in Austin, Texas, United States, for alternative comics, minicomics, webcomics, zines, underground comics, and graphic arts. Chris Nicholas founded the conference as a gathering place for… …   Wikipedia

  • staple — staple1 [stā′pəl] n. [ME stapel < OFr estaple < MDu stapel, mart, emporium, post, orig. support, akin to STAPLE2] 1. the chief commodity, or any of the most important commodities, made, grown, or sold in a particular place, region, country …   English World dictionary

  • Staple — Stapel País …   Wikipedia Español

  • staple — index item, stock in trade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • staple n — staple diet …   English expressions

  • staple — [adj] necessary, basic chief, essential, fundamental, important, in demand, key, main, popular, predominant, primary, principal, standard; concept 546 Ant. auxiliary, extra, minor, secondary, unnecessary …   New thesaurus

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